Most pundits are predicting a massive “blue wave” in this November’s midterm elections, with Democrats winning back a majority of the House and likely taking control of the Senate, as well. Not so fast, says Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and contributor to Fox News. He actually predicts there is a greater likelihood of a “red wave” than a “blue wave.” And he may be right.
Author of the new book, Trump’s America, Gingrich thinks that President Trump’s successes – especially with the economy – could help Republicans maintain a majority in both the House and the Senate.
He says, “I actually believe we are closer to a ‘red wave’ than a ‘blue wave.'”
He acknowledged concern several months ago when polls showed Democrats with a significant lead in the generic ballot.
“But starting with passing the tax cuts, with what President Trump has done consistently on conservative judges, on deregulation, on trade negotiations, what he’s doing with North Korea, I think people now have a sense that we’re moving in the right direction.”
The former Speaker said he doesn’t think that Democrats have any hope of winning the Senate, and Republicans are in a good position to actually gain seats, particularly in New Jersey and Florida.
“We’re likely to end up being somewhere between plus-2 and plus-6 in the Senate. How can you talk about a ‘blue wave’ if we’re gaining votes?” Gingrich asked.
As for the House, he said Republicans could do “surprisingly well” if they run on the economy and communicate that the GOP is the party of economic growth.